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Kingsport: Behind the Book Festival
June 11, 2022 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
First ever Behind the Book Festival
The first-ever Behind the Book Festival will be held on June 11 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., in Glen Bruce Park. The festival will feature book signings, author panels, book readings and more. The keynote speaker is Raquel Vasquez Gilliland – the winner of the Pura Belpre Young Adult award.
Gilliland is a Mexican-American poet, novelist and painter. She received her MFA in poetry from the University of Alaska, Anchorage in 2017. She’s most inspired by fog and seeds and the lineages of all things. When not writing, Gilliland tells stories to her plants and they tell her stories back. She lives in Tennessee with her beloved family and mountains.
“We want to share the work of regional authors and illustrators with the community and this festival will provide us with the opportunity,” said Kate Woodworth, librarian and one of the coordinators of the festival.
The Kingsport Public Library held a number of online Behind the Book events last year, with each one featuring a discussion with a regional author or illustrator to find out more about their published works. This first-ever, in-person event will feature more than 20 regional authors.
The festival is sponsored by the Kingsport Public Library and the Friends of the Kingsport Public Library. For more information visit www.kingsportlibrary.org or call 423-224-2539.
About Kingsport Public Library
The Kingsport Public Library, founded in 1921 as the Kingsport Book Club has been a part of the City of Kingsport since 1929. In 1961 the library moved to its current Broad Street location. Today it serves the residents of Kingsport by providing access to a variety of materials and services to support their informational, educational, and recreational needs. For more information, visit www.kingsportlibrary.org/.
About the City of Kingsport
Founded in 1917, the City of Kingsport (pop. 55,400) is located on the Tennessee-Virginia border at the crossroads of I-81 and I-26 near the geographic center of the eastern U.S. The city is widely known as a planned community, designed by renowned city planner John Nolen and wrapping around the foot of Bays Mountain – a 3,650-acre park, nature preserve, planetarium and observatory. Kingsport is recognized as an International Safe Community by the National Safety Council, a Healthier Tennessee community, and won the 2009 Harvard Innovations in American Government Award for its higher education initiatives. While many city names are duplicated throughout the U.S., there’s only one Kingsport – a fact that invokes community pride, known locally as the “Kingsport Spirit.”